Decals

Reviews of scale model decal sets.

F-5E Nellis Gomers

Published: October 17th, 2010     
F-5E Nellis Gomers
Reviewed by: Dave Koukol, IPMS# 46287
Scale: 1/48
Company: Twobobs Aviation Graphics

Background

Twobob's latest releases showcase markings for US Air Force "Aggressor" F-5E Tiger II's seeing service from the early-1970's through the late 1980's.  This review showcases markings from Nellis-based "Gomers" assigned to the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons. 

The squadrons deployed throughout US and overseas to teach adversarial tactics and provide dissimilar air combat training to US Air Force flying units from October 1972 to June 1990. The units currently operate F-16C and F-15C aircraft in similar roles, as part of the regular Red Flag cadre at Nellis AFB, NV.   

TSDS Decal/Detail Sheet for Invaders "UFO"

Published: October 14th, 2010     
TSDS Decal/Detail Sheet for Invaders "UFO"
Reviewed by: Mike Hinderliter, IPMS# 45124
Company: TSDS

TSDS is a company that specializes in making decals and details for Science Fiction subjects such as Irwin Allen TV shows, Lost in Space, etc. I was given the opportunity to try out a set of their water slide decals for the " Invaders' UFO", one of my all time favorite TV shows from the 1960s. I quickly went looking through my stash to see where I had put it. This is an old kit and hasn't been re-released by anyone yet and to find that someone put out an improvement for it is just great. The idea to these sets is to make the model look a lot better and more detailed than you would ever be able to do with dry brushing and painting the details.

When I opened the package, I got all excited with the detail of these decals. I read over the instructions, and it explains that these decals are thin and if you need to put them over a dark background, you will need to paint the area with white paint. This wouldn't be a problem on this kit because the interior is supposed to be painted white anyway. Also the sheet is one giant decal, so they will all need to be cut out and trimmed close so that there is no excess carrier film.

B-26 Marauder Decals

Published: October 14th, 2010     
B-26 Marauder Decals
Reviewed by: Dan Mackay, IPMS# 47000
Scale: 1/72
Company: Iliad Design

I have a few Airfix and Hasegawa Marauders is my stash. I am always looking for eye-catching decal options in addition to the supplied kit options. Superscale have issued decal sheets featuring the B-26 in the past, many of which are no longer in available. Even with these decal sheets the Marauder has not been served well in 1/72 scale and the schemes are sometimes boring. Iliad design usually produce decals sheets for more exotic types in 1/48 scale, but recently they have been tapping into 1/72 scale market and one in their new range is a sheet featuring the B-26. Five options are included in the new decal sheet. They are:

Fw-190A Markings

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Fw-190A Markings
Reviewed by: Floyd S. Werner, Jr., IPMS# 26266
Scale: 1/48
Company: Eagle Editions Ltd.

Eagle Editions is notorious for everything Luftwaffe and their expertise is world renowned so this latest release from them is very welcomed.

This sheet features four FW-190As, three A-3s and an A-2 and is also available in 1/32ndscale for the new Pacific Coast Model. Printed by Cartograf the decals are thin and respond well to any setting solution, this single sheet is quite colorful. I've used the Microscale system, Gunze Mr. Mark Softer and Walther's Solvaset on Cartograf decals before without any problems. The decals are printed in perfect register and contain the markings for the four aircraft and stencils for one complete aircraft. My sheet contained swastikas but overseas buyers may or may not receive them depending on your local laws.

The instructions consist of a four sided 8x10 with profile views and plan views for all four aircraft. While the aircraft are not airbrushed the profiles are very nice and will prove useful to the modeler when painting. As is typical for EagleCals, there is a side dedicated to stencil placement.

Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85, Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340

Published: October 13th, 2010     
Decals for DO-215B-2, DH-85,  Fokker D.XXIII, DB-7B, PBY-5, B-10, Ryan STM, B340
Reviewed by: Brian R. Baker, IPMS# 43146
Scale: 1/72
Company: Dutch Profile Publications

This is a Dutch product, dealing with some Dutch aircraft using the orange triangle marking during the early part of World War II. Two, the Dornier DO-215B-2 and the Brewster B340 Bermuda, were apparently ordered but never delivered, so they become part of the "What If?" category, much like Luft 46. The others, including the DeHavilland DH-85, Ryan STM, Martin B-10, Consolidated PBY-5, and Douglas DB-7, were actually delivered and used, at least at the beginning of World War II. Some of the Ryans, by the way, were evacuated to Australia in 1942, and I had the opportunity to fly in one of the survivors, then privately owned, while I was in Sydney in 1962. Therefore, I've got to build that one when I get another MPM kit.